'''William Seward Burroughs II''' (; also known by his pen name
'''William Lee'''; February 5, 1914 – August 2, 1997) was an American novelist
, short story
, and spoken word
performer. A primary figure of the Beat Generation
and a major Postmodern literature|postmodernist
author who wrote in the paranoid fiction
genre, he is considered to be "one of the most politically trenchant, culturally influential, and innovative artists of the 20th century".
[2003 ''Penguin Modern Classics'' edition of ''Junky''.]
His influence is considered to have affected a range of popular culture as well as literature. Burroughs wrote eighteen novels and novellas, six collections of short stories and four collections of essays. Five books have been published of his interviews and correspondences. He also...